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Library Newsletter September 2017

Make plans for popular mystery author’s Mission Viejo visit Sept. 12

J.A. JanceSave the date for Tuesday, September 12 when popular author J.A. Jance appears in the City’s Writers Present program at 7 p.m. at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.

Jance is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning mystery author with more than 20 million books in print. Her writing career spans three decades and includes more than 50 books in four different series— “Ali Reynolds”; “J.P. Beaumont”; “Joanna Brady”; and the “Walker Family” along with a volume of poetry.

During her Mission Viejo visit, Jance will discuss her latest book “The Proof of Life.” This riveting mystery follows J. P. Beaumont’s latest investigation, which strikes too close to home.

When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what’s officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beaumont is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process, he learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn’t mean it’s over.

This is a free program hosted by the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library.  However, for reserved seating and priority book signing, you can purchase a $32 ticket at, which includes a hardcover copy of “The Proof of Life.”  One ticket provides up to two people with reserved seating as well as priority book signing in the order of online purchase.  Books can be picked up an hour before the presentation begins at the Norman P. Murray Community Center.  Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore will also sell books on site. The Friends of the Mission Viejo Library will host a wine bar starting at 6 p.m., so guests can socialize on the terrace.

For more information, contact 949-830-7100, ext. 5105 or

Stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone appears in Mission Viejo Sept. 27

Beloved stand-up comedian, author and actor Paula Poundstone will discuss her new book “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 27 at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.

What is the secret to happiness; how do mere mortals achieve it; and is it even possible to find happiness amid the daily demands of our crazy lives?  Poundstone, the Emmy Award-winning comic and professional doubting Thomas, was determined to find out.  She immersed herself in a series of experiments she hoped would reveal the path to happiness and presents her findings in this wildly funny and strikingly wise book.

This is a free adult program with first-come, first-served seating.  For guaranteed reserved seating and priority book signing, purchase a $30 ticket today at The ticket includes a hardcover copy of “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness”; two admittances for reserved seating as well as priority book signing in the order of online purchase.  

Mission Viejo Library Trivia Series

You are invited to take part in the first of a series of fun free trivia programs. Join us in September to celebrate ‘90s pop culture, the era that brought us slap bracelets, “Saved by the Bell,” pogs and virtual pets. Sport your finest neon windbreakers, chain wallets, flannel and Guess jeans as we celebrate the 1990s with music and fun!

This free event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 29 in the City Hall Saddleback Room. You can register your team (up to four players) by calling 949-830-7100, ext. 5105.

South Orange County Genealogical Society – “War of 1812”

Did you have an ancestor who served in the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain?  About 60,000 U.S. Army forces and 470,000 American militia and volunteer troops fought from 1812 to 1815.  On September 16, Linda Serna will tell the story of the War of 1812, one of America’s forgotten wars, and broaden our understanding of this time in history.  Her coverage includes people, places and events and is rounded out with interesting trivia to make the story come alive. 

The presentation is from 10 a.m. to noon behind the LDS Church at 27976 Marguerite Parkway. 

Linda has been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for more than 30 years. She was privileged to work as a genealogist for the first season of the PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” program.  Currently, she is the treasurer for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a member of the Polish Genealogical Society and Genealogical Society of Hispanic America.  Linda is especially interested in learning how individual family stories fit into and make up the fabric of history.

Please join us for this informative program and enjoy refreshments with society members.

For more information, contact or visit

Children’s SummerREAD program wrap-up

The Mission Viejo Library hosted another successful summer reading program! More than 2,000 children age 12 and younger signed up to participate in the 2017 SummerREAD program. Forty percent of participants finished the 12-hour reading goal over the course of six fun-filled weeks. The library also played host to a variety of programs including a balloon twisting workshop, S.T.E.A.M puppet musical, interactive music show and comedy magic show. The finale celebration for program finishers even included an up-close and personal dinosaur encounter followed by ice cream treats! We could not have done it without the generous support of the Friends of the Mission Viejo Library, which provided funding for incentives and performers. The library is also thankful for local support from California Pizza Kitchen, Round Table Pizza, Einstein Bros. Bagels, SONIC Drive-In and the Moulton Niguel Water District. We can’t forget about the awesome teen volunteers either, their time and dedication helped make the 2017 SummerREAD program a success!